The great thing about shopping for alternative litters is that they’re natural, with a wide selection of textures and scents. Some pet parents prefer these litter types to clumping litters due to the absence of the Bentonite compound. This compound is commonly found in the clay hard and fast clump litters. It is highly absorbent and could result in potential risks if ingested in large amounts, especially by young kittens. We introduce various varieties of litter like litter box with self cleaning feature apart from the conventional clumping and non-clumping clay litters. Let’s get to it!
Types of “Eco-Litter” out there.
Litter of the alternate genre can also be a great choice for environment friendly and sustainable and responsible waste disposal. Their textures are unique and provide your feline with less toxic substances and reduced chances of poisoning. We recommend that you read up on our article about the alternate litter to explore their benefits in more detail.
Perhaps the most well-known type of eco-litter is made of corn meal. These litters by nature have a larger granule size. Corn litter has been found to have reasonably good clumping properties. The ability to prevent odor from escaping is equally efficient, however, regular cleaning is required to keep the box fresh. The only challenge would be to help your cat switch out from her older litter to the new litter. But once she’s gets adapted to it, she’ll be completely happy.
Made from grains rejected as not being human food-grade quality, this litter is finer in texture than corn. This kind of texture is optimal, as cats in the wild will gravitate toward soft, sandy spots. Wheat litter simulates the natural sandy feel that cats are accustomed to. The litter is available in slightly coarse grains depending on brands. Wheat litter gives moderate odor control, however, when it comes to clumping, it doesn’t make firm and tight parcels.
Walnut shells are ground up into different grain size textures per the preference of different cats. Walnut litter is versatile in its texture, and is also available in the quick clumping type. Odor control is average with odor being prominent right after use. Nonetheless, the dust particles kicked up with walnut litter is minimal, compared to wheat. There’s also less litter tracking or clinging onto paws and fur.
Paper and Pine litter:
These litters are made in pellet form from either recycled newsprint or fine sawdust. Pellet litters have a tendency to break apart, rather than clump, when introduced to moisture. The great thing about pine litter is the odor control offered. Most users recommend it for the best odor control in alternate litter types. With most of the pellet type of litters, clumping is usually minimal, as is to be expected. However, it’s great for people who are easily affected with particles floating in the air. Pellet litters produce very minimal, if at all, dust particles in the air.
Alternate litters are a great way to stay conscious of the environment, and the part our waste management practices play in it. Though our list covers five types of litters, there are always plenty more on shelves, or in the making! Always make it a point to patiently introduce your pet to any changes in his or her habits, to prevent them from rejecting better, new and foreign items.